Cat Heaven: 06/21/10
Both of my children have chosen Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant. Harriet chose it because it has cats. Sean, I think he picked it because he recognized the author's name. Both kids though respond with "what a strange book" after I've read it to them.
Cat Heaven offers a simplistic view of what heaven would like to cats who have died. They can share the bed with God, drink milk, have catnip and all sorts of other things cats like to do.
I suppose the idea is to ease the pain for children who have lost a beloved pet. Caligula cat is going on 15 so she can't have many more years of life left but I don't think pretending that she'll be off having fantastic feline adventures will make her loss any easier. Our plan instead is to offer our home to a new shelter kitty who is in need of a "forever home."